22 Nov2007


Some Filipino cooks seem to be under the mistaken impression that every meal has to be a long production… tons of chopping, prepping, cooking an hour before the meal…etc., etc. But oftentimes, one doesn’t really want to mess around in the kitchen for that long. Our crew at home always gets discombobulated when I go into one of these “you can do a perfectly decent lunch in about 15-20 minutes max modes,” and they wait anxiously for the whirling dervish to rush into the kitchen just minutes before lunch is due and whip something up in no time. The other day it was this incredibly simple pan fried or roasted chicken breast dish with butter and lemon. It’ll take you 15 minutes max and served with some leftover potatoes, a salad or rice it is the perfect luncheon dish. The only advance planning you need is to defrost your breasts if they have been hanging out in the freezer.


I used skinless breasts to try and reduce the fat content. Heat up a stainless steel pan, add some olive oil and a large pat of butter, then when hot, add the chicken breasts and brown on both sides. When the chicken is just about done, squeeze the juice of 1/2 or 1 lemon into the pan, add another pat of butter, season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with some chopped Italian parsley and it’s done. Yup, that’s it. It tastes delicious and it is super quick to make. You could also brown larger pieces and then stick in a hot oven for 12-15 minutes or so to finish off the cooking. Fresh thyme is an alternative herb, but make sure you cook it for a few minutes rather than just adding it at the last minute…



  1. Anna says:

    Yippee..this will be my lunch tomorrow! Thanks :)

    Nov 22, 2007 | 6:58 am


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  3. dizzy says:

    just wondering if dayap would be a good alternative, my mom recently gave me a lot of dayap fruit from home.

    Nov 22, 2007 | 7:36 am

  4. elaine says:

    That looks real good and a must try… I always have chicken breast and I kinda ran out of baked chicken ideas(I use this part a lot). Another staple is Real Lemon concentrate…I hope this will do for the actual lemons, though.

    Nov 22, 2007 | 8:32 am

  5. Bengski says:

    yay! ang galing naman…
    i got some chicken thighs defrosting away in the fridge. this will be our dinner tonight! Woohoo!
    Thanks MM!

    Nov 22, 2007 | 8:49 am

  6. gemma says:

    reminds me of the italian-american dish called chicken francaise.

    Nov 22, 2007 | 8:59 am

  7. Mila says:

    Sprinkle some capers in there to up the “gourmet” (kuno) quotient :D
    Did you get the oft-emailed list from the NYTimes about 101 meals in 10 minutes? Maybe one of your future posts can include your favorite quick meals to make.

    Nov 22, 2007 | 9:11 am

  8. Marketman says:

    dizzy, dayap might work well..but DON’T waste your bounty, it is SO HARD to find real dayap these days…check out my recipe on Dayap Pie…it turned out really well…it was posted years ago. elaine, try just a little lemon concentrate first and adjust as necessary, though real lemons would really be ideal. Bengski and Anna, I hope it works for you guys as well. gemma, I know the dish you refer to, it does probably have similar ingredients… Mila, no, I don’t think I have seen that NYTimes list, oddly. Will check.

    Nov 22, 2007 | 9:11 am

  9. Jaja says:

    yey! i know what to serve for dinner later. thanks MM for sharing this=)

    Nov 22, 2007 | 9:16 am

  10. dee bee says:

    fresh tarragon would be a nice alternative, too, and so would calamansi… yummy

    some of the better meals i’ve cooked have been those quick “inventions” using whatever is in the fridge and garden. it’s quite satisfying when something quickly put together turn out to be surprisingly delicious.

    Nov 22, 2007 | 9:30 am

  11. ms. foodie says:

    The kids will surely love this dish. I’ll try this tonight. ;-)

    Nov 22, 2007 | 9:41 am

  12. Vennis Jean says:

    Flying to the grocery to make this for for lunch today…thanx MM!

    Nov 22, 2007 | 9:58 am

  13. lee says:

    Nov 22, 2007 | 10:23 am

  14. Marketman says:

    lee, thanks for the link. It is so true. I think trolling is more prone to obnoxiouosness as the troll thinks (haha!) they can’t be identified… regardless of who they are, psychological issues abound…

    Nov 22, 2007 | 10:34 am

  15. dizzy says:

    thanks for the reply, enjoyed going through your old posts (as always).

    Nov 22, 2007 | 10:42 am

  16. chunky says:

    i have a date with this dish on sunday- run out of chicken breasts…thanks MM!

    Nov 22, 2007 | 1:27 pm

  17. chad says:

    MM just did a French move: monte au beurre – to finish the sauce by thickening with butter. Its nice to remember it has a French term when doing it, it makes the whole dish extra special hahaha.

    I also do this with worcestershire sauce, brown sugar and butter in the end, using it on thick slices of Christmas ham.

    Nov 22, 2007 | 2:30 pm

  18. toni says:

    Oh yum!!! This sounds easy alright. :)

    Nov 22, 2007 | 5:22 pm

  19. Gigi says:

    yummy recipe, mm. i’ve not been successful with cooing chicken breasts… this post has given me faith! thanks mucho! :)

    Nov 22, 2007 | 6:20 pm

  20. mylene keane says:

    I usually do this for a fast meal. I use a cast iron pan to brown the chicken breasts, skin side down, then pop everything into the oven. When it’s done, I flip the chicken on the pan and serve it ala sizzling plate (using same cast iron pan).

    I serve the lemon wedges on the table. When my hubby cooks this he’d have caramelized onions and will be roasting the boiled potatoes together with the chicken, all in the same pan.

    Nov 22, 2007 | 6:36 pm

  21. kayenne says:

    try the same with rosemary or thyme, garlic and cream, minus the lemon. wicked, but puts back the fat. hehehe

    Nov 22, 2007 | 10:03 pm

  22. dhonjason says:

    I’ll try this next week! yum…

    Nov 22, 2007 | 10:53 pm

  23. allen says:

    I think this would work with fish fillets too! plus capers :)

    Nov 23, 2007 | 12:09 am

  24. Blaise says:

    Your posts on the fried chicken are really making me hungry.. To think I just had fried chicken over lunch..

    Nov 23, 2007 | 5:33 pm

  25. Tracy Torre-Walsh says:

    I just made this recipe here in New York City and now my apartment smells delicious and buttery.

    Thank you and thanks for your wonderful blog!

    Nov 28, 2007 | 6:55 am

  26. Maripi de Leon says:

    hi again, marketman! i definitely want to try this recipe! you mentioned that you used Italian parsley. is that the same as flat-leaf parsley? also, if it is flat-leaf parsley, where can u buy it? or can i just use the typical parsley you’d find in most supermarkets here in Manila? =)

    Feb 6, 2008 | 9:29 pm

  27. Marketman says:

    Maripi, yes Italian parsley is flat leaf parsley. You can buy it at Rustan’s Rockwell and other groceries as well. They carry it at Santis delicatessen and they have it at some weekend markets such as Salcedo and Legaspi.

    Feb 7, 2008 | 9:52 am


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